Planning Your Restaurant Meal
By Matt O’Neill, Dietitian – SmartShape.com.au
With a little planning, restaurant meals need not be a large stumbling block in your diet. Here are some tips to build your own list of restaurant rules. Tick the ones will might like to try?
Before you go:
¨ If you can, choose a restaurant that will accommodate your needs.
¨ Have a snack to avoid feeling ravenous when you arrive.
¨ Drink water on the way to fill your stomach.
When you arrive:
¨ Ask for a jug of water and glasses for everyone.
¨ Avoid ordering bread for nibbles or have it removed from the table.
Sometimes, it can be wiser to abstain from alcohol. Here’s how to do it:
¨ Drink lots of water before or when you arrive at the restaurant.
¨ Be prepared to say “No thanks!” to a pre-dinner drink offer.
¨ Leave your wine glass full. Fellow diners can’t refill a full glass.
¨ Volunteer to be the designated driver.
¨ Study the menu carefully and ask questions. How is the food prepared? Will the chef make modifications for you?
¨ If you order a starter, make it a low-fat soup or salad.
¨ Choose an entrée or ½ portion size serve for your main meal.
¨ Eat slowly, take your time and you’ll feel fuller on fewer calories.
¨ You don’t have to clean your plate. It’s better to go in the waste than around your waist!
¨ If you tend to pick at your plate, have it removed immediately.
¨ Take your toothpaste and brush and clean your teeth after your main course. You’ll be less inclined to have sweets.
¨ If you have dessert, ask for fruit.